Kevin Ware Returns To Play With LouisvilleBy: Tobias Roth - November 7, 2013
Anyone who was watching that emotional game that Louisville played against Duke during the NCAA tournament will surely remember the horrific injury that was suffered by Louisville’s Kevin Ware. His dramatic injury resulted in a broken leg in one of the most gruesome injuries to witness in the sport, as we all watched him go down in pain.
To many people’s surprise, he made a return to the court last night and helped Louisville in their exhibition game. The cardinals played Pikeville in their first game, a contest that they were easily able to win with a final score of 90-61.
It had been decided that he would play in their season opener against the College of Charleston, but yesterday’s game was uncertain. Louisville fans will certainly be happy to see their star player back on the court, and support him on a team that just won the national championship.
Kevin Ware finished with 6 points and 4 rebounds in that 10 minutes that he played during the game. It must have been wild for him to be back on the court after 220 days, and he told ESPN that “It was great. I’ve never felt like that before. I’ve been waiting for that moment.”
Ware entered the game late in the second half, and was not expecting to enter at that time too, which made him a bit nervous. He was cleared to practice with full contact on Sunday, but was not expected to play in Wedenesday’s game. Speaking on the decision to play him, Louisville’s coach Rick Pitino said “I wanted to get him some minutes just to get him over the jitters in case I need to use him against Charleston.”
Coming off of a national championship victory, the Louisville Cardinals are ranked #3, Ware joins his fellow players in a quest for another successful season. They are now a part of the American Athletic Conference after the Big East was stripped apart in order to begin the 2013 season.
Kevin Ware is hoping to be able to return to the same type of player that he was before the injury, but that is still to be determined. His whole family is planning to attend the season opener in Louisville, and will undoubtedly be a special moment for the star player.